Home-Start Aberdeen secures five-figure funding award

23 July 2018

Home-Start Aberdeen has secured a £25,000 funding award to sustain its work with local families.

Home-Start Aberdeen, a family support charity based in the city, received the funding following a successful application to the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust. The funds will allow trained Home-Start volunteers to make weekly home visits to families who may be vulnerable, or suffering from isolation. The charity’s unique formula of providing regular emotional and practical support in the home setting is proven to work, helping families to avoid further crises or breakdown.

Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen said: “We are most grateful to the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust for its funding commitment at a time when demand for our home visiting service continues to rise.

“This award will allow us to support up to 16 families on a weekly basis for up to a year, providing assistance that is customised to each families’ needs. The families we support are affected by a wide range of issues such as debt, poverty, mental health, disability, relationship breakdown and bereavement. Timely intervention and regular support can help these families to turn their lives around.”

The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust was established by Roderick Stewart Macdonald in 1978 to support Scottish charities. The Trust’s mission is to support beneficiary charities to achieve their purpose and is underpinned by its belief in the importance of wider networks and support services that involve families, carers and communities and encourage participation for people who are often excluded.

Home-Start Aberdeen has been supporting families in Aberdeen city since 1987. The charity started life as a small project based in the Mastrick area of the city and has since grown to become one of the largest Home-Start schemes in the UK. Its small staff team of 13 co-ordinate the efforts of around 125 volunteers, who support 220 families, including 360 children, each year.

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